Ribble Valley golf round-up

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THE McDonald Portal Hotel was the venue for Clitheroe Golf Club Captain John Whowell’s away golf break with 40 members.

Sunday’s Stableford was almost a non-event as a thunderstorm curtailed the action, but Craig Allison and Dave Warner braved the elements to claim first prize.

Nigel Fitton and Steve Credie both had birdie 2s in their short round and took the runners-up prize after cards with Giles Shaw and Trevor Jones on the same mark.

With the competitors suitably refreshed, Monday’s Team Event on the Championship Course went down to the wire and was settled on the final hole.

Norman Entwistle was slotting putts in from all angles and Paul Wood found one of the few 2s of the day but it was Geoff Sutcliffe and Jeff Crowther who produced the crucial five points on the 18th to seal victory over two teams who could only muster a paltry tw points on the last.

Alan Hacking had a cracking back nine including the only four-pointer on the day, but he and partners Chris Vines, Alf England and Nigel Fitton could not muster the extra point for gold.

The 6th hole Lilleys Gallop brought the best out of Eddie McGarry and Dave Brown when they recorded the only seven-pointer of the day so along with Tony McGibbon and Steve Dean they took third prize with 78 points.

Back at base, an eagle on the first and six birdies on the front nine set up the Alex Cave, Garry Thompson, Stephen Bayes partnership to win the Texas Scramble with an impressive nett 54.

Malcolm Goldsworthy had to settle for silver when he and the two Rileys, Mark and Tom finished one shot off the winners.

Garry Speak,Mike Tattersall and Mike Thompson thought it was all over with a dropped shot at the 9th but six birdies and an eagle on the return leg put them on the prize list in third.

In Sundays Fourball, Phil Bishop and Ron Higson were out of the medal places until Higson birdied the 13th and produced a storming finish with 17 points on the last six for a 44-point winning total.

The experienced Colin Mustoe and John Wetton blended well and returned a level par back nine but finished one point short to take second place

Peter Clayton hit the jackpot with the only recorded 2 on the day.

The Ladies’ Mail on Sunday dream came to an end when they lost at Willow Valley Golf Club in round eight last Saturday. So near to the final and another sporting achievement for the Ribble Valley, but it was not to be.

Some remarkable scores popped up in the Ladies’ Fourball Betterball last week, and none better than the 51-point winning total by the delightful Judith Wooley and Elaine Grindrod.

Jane Hoyle and Pam Lavery almost made it to the top but finished second, just one point behind.

Judith Bishop got a real fillip when she partnered Jan Walsh into third place after cards with Wiswell’s Maureen Cox and Pat Brennan, both pairs scoring 47.

Kris Baldwin and Jan Burrows returned a creditable 45 points and Marie Finney had the only 2 of the day on the 8th.

Tom Forrest added another trophy to his cabinet when he won the President’s Prize for Juniors with a gross 76.

David Robinson took the best Nett with a 84-18-66 return and George Mathews the second best nett with a 71.

• THE fourball better ball competition at Stonyhurst Park Golf Club on Saturday was won by the dynamic duo of Wiggins and Hodkinson with 42 stableford points. Was it Bradley relaxing after winning his cycling time trial gold medal, I hear you ask?

No, it was club member Keith, who can only dream of climbing the gold medal podium wearing lycra shorts.

In second place was Graham Monk and Bob Driver on 38 points, who beat Peter Thompson and Simon Tipton on a card play-off.

In the previous week’s August medal Ryan Monk won his first senior competition taking the Category 2 prize with 93-28-65, with Richard Moody taking the category one prize with 84-18-66.

• THIS week saw Whalley Golf Club host a Men’s Open Fourball. The course was presented beautifully as players from around East Lancashire pitted their skills against the challenging Whalley course with its firm greens and gusting winds made for a tough test of golf.

The victors on the day with an excellent display given the conditions, carding a whopping 45 (nine under par) points were the Whalley/Marsden Park duo of Daniel Jones and Paul Greenwood respectively.

In second, and only missing out by one point were the experienced pairing of Whalley members Alan Strange and George Blenkinship with a splendid 44 points. Third went to another Whalley duo of Rob Andrew and Mark Saunders with 43 points, which on another day may have been enough for higher honours, but still a fine knock.

There were eleven recorded 2s going to P. Greenwood, M. Wade, P Bustin, A. Heaton, T. Orrell, M. Conroy, C. Mc Farlane, P. Fletcher, S. King, G. Hincliffe, M. Kinsella.

Lady captain of Whalley, Ann Pollard chose Morecambe Golf Club for her away day, and 44 ladies enjoyed an excellent day’s golf.

The winning team with 86 points was Frances Gierat, Maggie Harvey, Jean Sanderson and Maureen Board.

On Thursday the ladies competed in the EWGA Medal first round High Task competition. The winner was Viv Birtwell (98-23-75), one shot clear of Karen Thompson (97-21-76), closely followed by Agnes Flanagan (93-16-77).

• AT Wilpshire, the LGU Breakthrough Brooch for Cancer winner was Donna Hindle (98-26-72).

Runner-up was Christine Isherwood (91-13-78).

On Saturday, Lady Captain’s Day was won by Brenda Pickup (107-36-71), ahead of Anita Alcock (89-16-73) and Mandi Holt (100-26-74).

Best gross was Jane Smith’s 82, best front nine Lynn Craven’s 48-12-36, and best back nine Eleanor Inglis’ 42-7.5-34.5.

Nearest the line on the 10th was P. Holden, nearest the pin on the 17th was P. Davison, and the nine-hole competition winner was D. Holmes.

On Tuesday, the Secret Stableford was won by D. Tattersall, with D. Hindle runner-up after a card play-off with F. Lee.